"It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself."
- Eve Reeves
Recipient of the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund
2020 Virginia Wrage Memorial Awardees
Four women are sharing the Virginia Wrage Memorial Scholarships given to mature women over 40 years of age who have faced a life-changing situation and need help to become self-sufficient again. This year was different because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the candidates were interviewed via Zoom and the Zonta Club was not to able to hold our annual Community Awards night. This year’s recipients are Jessenia Arroyo, Tamara, Ann, and Cynthia; they all want to improve their lives by continuing their education and work toward success in life.
These are the women on our future and we congratulate them.
Thank you from Jessenia Arroyo
May 21, 2020
Dear Zontians, my name is Jessenia Arroyo. I wish to express my sincere thanks for the award that was given to me. The check is very significant and very useful for me and I will apply it to my studies in the best way. But it is even more meaningful that you have valued my effort. Thank you for seeing in me an example of the woman that Ms. Wrage wished to support. Definitely, receiving this money and reading your letter empower and motivate me to keep going. You let me know that it is worth the effort and that it is valued.
In the interview I had with you, I did not let you know that I have already attended one of your workshops. I was invited through Single Mother Outreach to Life Forward workshops. I attended one last year at Valencia United Methodist Church. It is my desire to be able to attend more of your activities once they resume again. They are truly enriching. I also want to offer my services as a volunteer in Spanish in case I can be of help. I have a lot of experience teaching workshops on various topics. SMO can be a reference of some of my work. It would be an honor for me to be able to return some back of what I am receiving from you today and also to be part of your family. Every woman needs support and you are a tremendous blessing to each of us. Thank you very much, God bless you!!!
The Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community
Watch here for 2021 application and information
Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women through challenges such as those she faced.
Since its inception in 1995, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund has aided more than 50 women with scholarships ranging from $500 to $3000.
Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees. Some are on the verge of becoming homeless. All are facing a difficult life challenge.
Each year, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community. The members of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in the name of Virginia Wrage.